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The Bustling South of Vietnam - 10 Days

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Saigon City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnel - Saigon (Meals: L, D)

Arrive in Saigon. Welcomed by your tour guide at the airport and transferr/ed to the city centre for city tour. Let’s commence our visit in Saigon at the Cach Mang Thang Tam Square, featured by the graceful   colonial–style Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Central Post Office, from where we can walk up to visit the historical Reunification Palace. After lunch with delicious Vietnamese foods, we will drive overland to Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese guerrillas to protect the region against the American attacks during the Vietnam War. We can even crawl a part inside the tunnel, visit their infirmary, kitchen . . .  to discover how people had survived hereby. Back to Saigon for dinner and overnight.

Day 02: Saigon - My Tho (Meals: B/L/D)
We will visit a part of the Mekong Delta today. Head South to Can Tho province and have a break after two-hour driving at My Tho to visit the ornate Vinh Trang Pagoda and family-run rice noodle factory, coconut candy mill, or stroll in the garden where the locals feed honeybee. Check-in hotel in Can Tho at noontime. Afternoon we will leave for Thot Not, 45km to the north of Can Tho to visit the bamboo basket-making hamlet of Long Thanh before going on to the Thot Not Stork Sanctuary, from where we can view thousands of egrets and herons arrive to roost in the branches from a watching tower. Return to Can Tho late afternoon for dinner and overnight.

Day 03: My Tho - Can Tho - Chau Doc (Meals: B, L)
Visit the floating market Cai Rang near Can Tho to enjoy how the “Mekong boat people” come to markets on the river everyday for their daily trading, especially of tropical fruits and local specialties. Drive on northwest to Chau Doc, situated on the Cambodian border. Lunch en route or at hotel in Chau Doc. Afternoon we will take a boat to visit Fish Farms, where fish are bred in cages suspended under floating houses on Mekong River. Stop at an islet for visiting a Cham minority group village where people are continuing their traditional simple life on stilt houses with fishing, weaving and practising their daily Muslim ceremonies. Return to the mainland to drive up the Sam Mountain to watch the sunset over the Cambodian border. Overnight in Chau Doc. (Dinner at your own arrangement for flexibility).

Day 04: Chau Doc - Vinh Long - Saigon (Meals: B, L)
Leave Chau Doc and back to Saigon via Vinh Long. Break the journey at Vinh Long to take a boat trip to visit Phan Thanh Giang Confucious Temple and the cottage industries of Cho Cua village. Depending on the time we will have many chances to visit small, family factories making ceramic tile, tofu (bean curd), fish sauce factory, workshops of rice husking, blacksmiths and thatchers. Continue to Cai Be Floating Market and rejoin the car to drive back to Saigon for overnight. (Dinner at your own arrangement for flexibility)

Day 05: Saigon - Da Lat (Meals: B, L, D)
Leave Saigon after breakfast for a drive through scenic rubber and tea plantation farms en route to the cooler climes of Dalat, 300km from Saigon. Established as a hill station at the beginning of 20th century, Dalat is reminiscent of an Alpine town with its French chalets and pine forests. An afternoon of sightseeing in Dalat takes in the art deco former Summer Palace of Emperor Bao Dai, Xuan Huong Lake and Lam Ty Ni Pagoda. Dinner and overnight in Dalat.

Day 06: Dalat - Nha Trang (Meals: B, L)
Leaving for Nha Trang after breakfast, the road descends to the arid coastal city of Phan Rang. Break the journey here to visit the 13th century Po Klong Jarai Cham Towers perched high on a rocky hill surrounded by prickly pear cacti. After Phan Rang, the Highway I turns Northward and follows the coast, passing by salt heaps and vivid green rice fields. Check-in hotel in Nha Trang. Afternoon visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers and Long Son Pagoda with its enormous white Buddha statue, the remarkable points of the city, and fish village. Overnight in Nha Trang (dinner at your own arrangement).

Day 07: Nha Trang Beach Relax (Meals: B, L)
Let’s have a morning boat trip on Nha Trang bay to visit some of the nearby islands, there are opportunities for us to swim and snorkel in the clear warm water hereby. Return to shore after a fresh seafood lunch on one of the islands. The afternoon is free to relax on the beach. Overnight in Nha Trang (dinner at your own arrangement)

Day 08: Nha Trang - Mui Ne - Phan Thiet (Meals: B)
Head back to Saigon with stop tonight at Mui Ne, a beautiful beach that has become more and more familiar to both foreign and Vietnamese tourists. Upon arrival, visit the fishing village in Mui Ne, stroll around its very famous pink sand-dunes and the Fairy stream. Check-in your resort and relax in Mui Ne. (lunch, dinner are at your own arrangement).

Day 09: Muine - Saigon (Meals: B)
At your leisure in the morning to enjoy Mui Ne. Check-out at noon time and drive back to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon (lunch, dinner are at your own arrangement).

Day 10: Saigon Departure (Meals: B)
Free at leisure till our guide comes to see you and transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your departure flight. End of tour services.

Price & Inclusions

This is a private tour and the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date. If you want to get a tailor made price quote for this tour, please fill out the online tour inquiry form and give us as much information as possible about your trip. Our online travel experts will be at your service.

Tour Includes:

  • English or French speaking tour guide, other language speaking tour guides are available on request
  • Land transfer by air-con vehicle
  • Double or Twin-shared room
  • Meals as mentioned in the program ( B = Breakfast, L = Lunch)
  • Boat trips and admission

Tour Excludes:

  • Pre & Post Accommodation in Saigon
  • Airfare (international and domestic) and airport tax
  • Visa arrangement
  • Early check-in, late check-out surcharge
  • Drinks and personal expenses (phone call, laundry, tipping etc.)
  • Any services not mentioned in the program

 

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